Betsy was in my elemenatry school class at Whittier Woods Elementary School, and she always was very hardworking, dedicated to doing her best, and was just a very nice person. Things got busier as we progressed towards high school, so I lost touch with her--- but some people will always stay in our memories, and Betsy was one of those fine people.
If I recall correctly, her father owned Bruce's Variety store in the group of businesses that were in the strip mall bordered by Arlington Rd. and Bradley Blvd. That store was a part of the heart and soul and fabric of old Bethesda. My family went in there at the start of every school year to get supplies. The Dotson's were an integral part of our hometown.
Ronald Morse was my first cousin. He died in a boating accident along with another boy,John Baker. . He was almost seventeen. This happened on Sunday afternoon November 3,1968. I was fifteen at the time. He was about a year and a half older than me. It was a bitter pill for our family to have to swallow. His death was so untimely. It was particularly hard on his parents.
Susie was my friend from kindergarden through High School, after which we somehow lost contact. I have photos of her from my elementary school birthday parties and memories of attending concerts with her family. Susie was one of the sweetest people I've ever met.